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Monday, November 12, 2007

Recalled Toys Readily Available Online

In what will shock just about nobody, ABC News reports (via Wonkette, which has a fancy new editor) that many recalled toys are available on eBay and similar auction sites.

According to a new Injury Prevention Journal study, 190 online auctions contained, or were suspected to contain, a recalled children's item.

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The study monitored eBay for 30 consecutive days for the presence of 141 child and infant products that had been recalled.

All of the items were recalled between 1992 and 2004 and researchers used the site's search function to hunt for the items.

In its own search, ABC News found 10 recalled items in only a few minutes.

eBay said that they link to the CPSC's recall list, but that it is not feasible to block such sales across the board.

--BC

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Where do you think that plaintiff's attorneys get their products to test or show to the juries after the recall. In asbestos cases here in California, at least one firm regularly trolls eBay looking for online sales of products which people ceased being able to buy years ago. Sometimes, that can prove a bit of a surprise (like the time they found that can of a product which a client had forgotten it ever produced under a private label deal.)

Posted by: Bill | Nov 13, 2007 9:31:07 PM

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